DAMMAM : In a significant milestone, Saudi Global Ports (SGP) – a subsidiary of PSA International – commenced the first phase of its upgrading and development programme at First and Second Container Terminals in King Abdulaziz Port Dammam , with the appointment of civil engineering consultant Jacobs Engineering Group.
President of Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) H.E Omar Hariri and the Chairman of SGP Board Abdulla Zamil witnessed the signing ceremony between SGP’s Chief Executive Officer Edward Tah and Jacobs Engineering Group’s Director for Growth and Business Development in Saudi Arabia Omar Al Zahrani.
“Following the successful consolidation of First and Second Container Terminals on 1 October 2020, it has been an honour to host His Excellency and update him on the significant improvements and synergies delivered by SGP, including showcasing our capabilities and future development plans. The appointment of Jacobs has been a key milestone to this development, and we are confident that their technical expertise, coupled with PSA’s global experience, will bring about a robust and innovative blueprint to deliver on SGP’s commitment. We are taking progressive steps towards transforming Dammam into a leading international container port equipped with digital and smart capabilities, and will continue to contribute towards Mawani and the Kingdom’s plans for a transformational transport and logistics sector,” said CEO of SGP Edward Tah.
SGP aims to leverage Jacobs Engineering Group’s expertise in port design and experience in supervising construction works across Saudi Arabia. The First Container Terminal – which has been in operation for more than 30 years – will be upgraded, while the Second Container Terminal will also be expanded to serve the next generation of mega vessels.
SGP and Jacobs Engineering Group will focus on incorporating sustainability solutions and strategies to minimise the environmental impact of terminal operations. In addition, smart port designs will be introduced to enhance SGP’s benchmark productivity as well as upskill jobs for Saudi nationals. This includes allocating an area called the Sandbox to test new technologies in automation and connectivity, and to develop new processes that will be subsequently deployed across SGP upon successful test bedding. PSA is proud to contribute towards Saudi Arabia’s thriving economy and to be a strategic enabler of its Vision 2030 plans.
Source : PSA